Robert Receives 2019-2020 Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award

Deidre Deculus Robert, executive counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, is the 2019- 2020 recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award. The award recognizes a current member of the Diversity Committee who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and has gone above and beyond his/her role on the committee to address the needs of underrepresented groups of public interest causes.

A native of Mamou and a resident of Glynn, Robert is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University Law Center. She joined the Diversity Committee in 2015 and served as co-chair from 2017-2019. She has made extensive contributions to the important work of the committee. She has assisted with the implementation of committee programming, including the Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession and Suit Up for the Future High School Summer Legal Institute and Intern program, as well as programming at the LSBA Midyear and Annual Meetings. She also regularly participates and coordinates CLE programming that highlights the work of the committee in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Robert serves as a board member for the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the Southern University System Foundation and the Access to Justice Commission. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Junior League of Baton Rouge.

She is the founder of the Baton Rouge Chapter Louis A. Martinet Legal Society’s “Reading from the Start” program, a program that places lawyers and law students in classrooms monthly to read to East Baton Rough Parish Head Start students.

Robert is a recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award (Southern University Law Center); 2018 nominee for the Distinguished Female Attorney in Government Award (National Bar Association, Women in Law Division); and the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Member and Service Award (Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc., Baton Rouge Chapter).

This article appeared in the Louisiana Bar Journal April/May 2021

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